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Daily Linksplosion: Wednesday, July 08, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Tuesday, July 07, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Monday, July 06, 2009

So, this is sucking. My cron job, which is supposed to automagically chronograph things every midnight, is no longer cronning. I think I need to find a different way to cron.

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Daily Linksplosion: Sunday, July 05, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: “Things I learned from Twitter” edition

The real problem with Twitter? It’s hard to know when to disconnect.

I was sitting in the movie theater, wearing my polarized 3D glasses and waiting for Up to begin. As the lights were dimming, I pulled out my cell phone. I’ll just tap my way into Tweetie, I decided, and take a quick peek at the haps before diligently turning my little machine off.

In the ensuing thirty seconds, I learned:

  • Holy god, 61FPS is leaving us: 61 Frames Per Second—which is, for a variety of reasons and writers, one of my favorite blogs—is shuttering. And so soon after its extremely tasty reboot! The blog’s parent and host, nerve.com, is relaunching itself (again!) as a magazine: I can dig that. Nerve was the Internet’s edgy, geeky, sexy kick-in-the-pants in the 1990s (back when I shouldn’t have been visiting nerve.com but did anyway, titter, titter). Apparently Nerve is refocusing on what it does best—sex—so I can only nod and shrug with reluctant understanding. Perhaps nerve.com will consider covering sex in videogames? I’d buy that from the newsstand! (But only if I am wearing sunglasses or a hat.) Best of luck to 61FPS’s talented writers, each of whom is a gem in his and her own right.
  • Holy god, EGM is back in business: It’s a strange and risky time to rekindle a property and hop back into print, but along with Nerve the magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly is staging its triumphant return. Little could anyone have guessed, EGM founder Steve Harris zoomed in to reclaim his once-and-future publishing rights from Ziff Davis (Harris sold EGM to Ziff in 1996). Update: Some informed musings from James Mielke and Sam Kennedy. What could the future have in store?
  • It’s a shoot-em-up for Petri Purho! In less bittersweet news, Petri Purho confirms to Bitmob that, yes, his game will be a shmup. More speculation from readers in Bitmob’s comments. I can’t wait!

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Daily Linksplosion: Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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‘Epic’ interview (zing!) with Tim Sweeney

Late last night—or early this morning, if we’re going to split hairs—I was toying with ZZT, as well as the marvelously peculiar Jill of the Jungle trilogy. Each was an early-90s offering from Epic MegaGames, and each was designed and programmed by Tim Sweeney.

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Jill of the Jungle is a platformer with puzzle elements. As Jill, you battle giant crabs, frogs, bright red birds (or moths?), and evil fish. Perhaps it isn’t so well known as Jazz Jackrabbit, but it was quirky and original (and shareware!), and the hero was a girl, so of course as a kid I beat the game several times.

The inimitable Benj Edwards recently interviewed Tim Sweeney—now Epic’s CEO—and it is a fantastic read. They devote a lot of the discussion to Sweeney’s earliest, ZZT, before discussing Jill of the Jungle, Xargon, and Epic’s relationship with 3D Realms (née Apogee).

A brief explanation of ZZT, from Edwards’ opening paragraphs:

And the game that started it all for Sweeney was ZZT. Released in 1991, ZZT is a text-based action/adventure/puzzle shareware title with a built-in game editor and scripting language. Think LittleBigPlanet in text. Sweeney’s experiences with ZZT led directly to Epic’s success with Unreal Engine, which inseparably integrates game engine and editor much in the same way ZZT did.

A must-read.

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Daily Linksplosion: Friday, May 22, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Thursday, April 30, 2009

This edition of the semi-regular Linksplosion filches endlessly from Infinite Lives’ brand new Twitter thingie. I’m basically retweeting my retweets!
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Daily Linksplosion: Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Daily Linksplosion: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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